June 8, 2016
Beauty doesn’t have to be difficult – it’s really all about knowing understanding and applying some basic facts, and with the essential knowledge, it’s hard to go wrong. The experts at Sasa have put together the below 10 Beauty Facts that will help guide you towards healthy, glowing skin and on-point makeup, and they’ve also thrown in some sweet deals for the products you can use to follow each fact, so there’s every excuse to go shopping. Read to the end for an additional bonus beauty tip, as well as to find out more about how to win products via Sasa Singapore’s weekly Facebook giveaways!
1. Always, always remove all your makeup before going to sleep – no excuses.
You might think you don’t need to be reminded about this, but think about it – how many times have you crashed straight into bed without ensuring there’s not a trace of makeup left on your face? We know exhaustion is hard to fight, so one way to easily make this a habit is to get a good eye and lip makeup remover that’s capable of eliminating even the most waterproof mascara, because longwearing eye and lip makeup tend to be the hardest to remove. What we like about the Sasatinnie Oatmeal Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is that it’s tough on makeup, but gentle on the skin, thanks to the moisturising and soothing properties of oatmeal.
Sasatinnie Oatmeal Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, 2 for $15 (U.P. $12.90 each).
2. Eyeshadows are the best way to open up your eyes.
Most of us are reliant on simple eyeliner, but we’ve learnt that the little extra effort to shape your eyes with eyeshadow allows for a lot more room for variety. First of all, there are all the colours and textures you can play with; and then, there are all the different places on the eye you can apply them all to shape the eye contours. The Cyber Colors Cushion Aurora Eye Pot is a mono eyeshadow that comes in a comprehensive range of shades to create every look from neutral to dramatic; its cushiony texture also makes it a dream to blend onto the skin.
Cyber Colors Cushion Aurora Eye Pot, $10.90 (U.P. $16.90).
3. Foundations aren’t just for covering up imperfections.
Whenever we’re nursing a breakout, it’s incredibly tempting to just pile on the heavy-coverage foundation without much thought except to just cover up as much as possible. But with the advancements in formulations and the wide selection of finishes and textures foundations come in these days, as long as you use them cleverly, you won’t have to end up looking like you’re wearing a foundation mask. For drier skin, go for a cream foundation like the Nouba Noubalight, which nourishes the skin while covering it with a thin film of radiant pigments; for combination or oily skin, the Nouba Staminal Foundation leaves a matte yet luminous finish to keep unwanted shine under control, while providing sufficient coverage. The trick here is to pick the right foundation for your skin type, because that will allow it to look as natural as possible; don’t forget a good finishing powder like the Nouba Soft Compact Powder, to keep it all in place the entire day.
Nouba foundation products, $43.90 to $65.90. Buy one get one free for the month of June.
4. Sheet masks make pretty good serums too.
Facial sheet masks are really intensive treatments for the skin, as they come dipped in skincare solutions so rich with ingredients that they’re essentially serums. That’s why it’s good practice to treat yourself to a mask session at least once a week, because not only does it feel real good (especially if you pop the mask in the fridge first), it gives your skin time to soak up all the good stuff. We all know the Koreans are the sheet mask experts, and the Velasecret Cellulose Mask Sheet also comes with a really cute kiss imprint on the mask, in addition to deeply moisturising and brightening the skin with bird’s nest, glacier water and eucalyptus leaf extract.
Velasecret Cellulose Mask Sheet, $39.90 for a box of 10. Purchase a second box at 50% off.
5. Always keep a smudge-proof eyeliner close.
Our pet peeve really is panda eyes courtesy of smudged eyeliner, so when a liquid eyeliner promises to be smudgeproof, we’re more than ready to welcome it into our daily lives. A pen tip makes it easy to draw on whatever shape you want, and is flexible enough to be easy to use even for eyeliner amateurs (really, it just takes regular practice to become a cat eye flick pro). One option that lives up to its hype is the GOSH Intense Eyeliner Pen, definitely a liquid eyeliner you’ll want to buy five of and stock up for everyday use.
GOSH Intense Eyeliner Pen, $15 (U.P. $21.90).
6. There’s no such thing as too many lip colours.
Lipsticks, lip glosses, lip stains, liquid lipsticks… we can never get enough. We love that the beauty industry is constantly innovating and coming up with new lip colour formats to keep us interested, and one of the latest textures that has really won our hearts is the highly-pigmented liquid lipstick. Nouba’s Shine Impact Lip Lacquer is all about high-shine lip colour, a refreshing change from the matte lip; the formula doesn’t go on gloopy, and sits comfortably on the lips with no smudging. We definitely recommend getting all four shades.
Nouba Shine Impact Lip Lacquer, $30 (U.P. $39.90).
7. For good skin, invest in a quality cleanser.
Since a cleanser is going to be something you’re using twice a day, every day, you’ll do well to make sure that you choose one with sufficient skincare benefits so your skin is well-taken care of in the long term. The Chosungah22 Fresh Ade Cleanser Peach has a sulphate-free formula and is gentle enough that it won’t irritate your skin for sure, and we love the peach scent (thanks to the 0.1% peach extract). Minerals in the carbonated water clear the skin of impurities and excess oil, while keeping the skin hydrated.
Chosungah22 Fresh Ade Cleanser Peach, $25 (U.P. $37).
8. Make a habit out of ridding your face of dead skin.
Regular exfoliation is a lot more important than a lot of people think it is. An accumulation of dead skin cells causes a dull complexion and increases the chance of clogged pores – which leads to breakouts – so a scrub a week will keep the pimples away. The Dr.G Crystal Deep Peeling uses crystal particles and natural ingredients to go in deep into the skin’s layers to clear away the dead cells, but does so gently, so there’s no need to worry about your skin getting irritated.
Dr.G Crystal Deep Peeling, $28.90. Get 20% off the first bottle purchased, and 30% off the second bottle.
9. Treat problem skin with effective anti-blemish skincare.
Solving skin woes should start from the right skincare, and not constantly covering up with layers and layers of makeup. The Neogence Skin Refining Cream and Oil Control Mattifying Fluid are from the brand’s Pore Solution Series, which is designed to control oil and sebum, dissolve blackheads, and keep bacteria production in check to minimise breakouts. If oily, blemish-prone skin is what you’ve been struggling with, you should incorporate these two into your daily skincare.
Neogence Skin Refining Cream and Oil Control Mattifying Fluid, $58 to $75. Get 20% off the first bottle purchased, and 30% off the second bottle.
10. Don’t fret over cellulite – you can bust it with the right products.
Oh, the dreaded orange peel skin. It’s actually a common affliction, manifesting even on “skinny” girls, so everyone can do with a good cellulite-buster. The Collistar Anti-Cellulite Cryo-Gel that uses a cooling effect to promote microcirculation, smoothing over the orange peel effect and toning the area at the same time. Before bed, apply the Collistar Anti-Cellulite Slimming Super Concentrate Night that tunes itself to your natural body clock, working while you rest to fight cellulite with potent active ingredients. Whoever said you have to be stuck with cellulite?
Collistar Anti-Cellulite Cryo-Gel and Anti-Cellulite Slimming Super Concentrate Night, $65.90 to $69.90. Get 20% off a 75ml Anti-Cellulite Slimming Super Concentrate Night with purchase of the Anti-Cellulite Cryo-Gel.
BONUS TIP: Keep enlarged pores out of sight with sufficient moisturising and the right makeup.
Enlarged pores are another skin annoyance that everyone’s constantly looking for a permanent solution for. We admit pores aren’t easy to deal with, so a smart solution would be to turn to a skincare brand that has established itself as a pore care expert. b.liv is one such brand, with the CC Pores Away Complexion Correcting CC Cream smoothing over enlarged pores without clogging them up, leaving a flawless and dewy finish behind and brightening the overall skin tone at the same time; also treat your skin regularly to the Immerse Me Utmost Moisture Original Japan Silk Mask, which ensures the skin is sufficiently moisturised without clogging up your pores.
b.liv CC Pores Away Complexion Correcting CC Cream, $34.95, and Immerse Me Utmost Moisture Original Japan Silk Mask, $17.95 for a box of 7 pieces.
You’re in luck, as Sasa Singapore is giving away the products mentioned in these 10 Beauty Facts on their Facebook page every Monday. Head to sasa.com.sg/10-big-beauty-facts for more details!
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